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Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Hi-Fi Stereo Computer Speakers
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- MM-1 brings true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop for the first time, giving your computer the audio it deserves
- Streams audio directly from your computer via USB and converts the signal from digital to analogue internally
- an aux line-in socket means you can hook up your speakers with almost anything
- high-quality headphone output. When you plug your headphones directly into the speakers, the audio from your computer is enhanced by high quality DACs used in the MM-1
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 10 x 17 cm||8.8 x 14.3 x 23 cm||11 x 14 x 16 cm||12.41 x 9 x 24.12 cm||17.78 x 19.68 x 27.3 cm||40.5 x 43.5 x 28.3 cm|
|Item Weight||1.7 kg||1.2 kg||3.5 kg||1 kg||11.34 kg||7 kg|
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From user to listener - MM-1s aren't like other computer speakers. They're true hi-fi speakers, shrunk to fit on your desktop. So they don't just look great - they sound amazing, transforming your computer into a superb hi-fi stereo sound system.
Hi-fi sound on your computer - Once they were for filling out spreadsheets and typing letters. Now computers are used for almost everything: socialising, playing games, listening to music, watching videos. So it seems a shame that deskbound entertainment fans have always had to make do with sub-standard audio, either from a computer's built-in speakers or poor quality monitors. No longer. MM-1 brings true hi-fi quality sound to your desktop for the first time, giving your computer the audio it deserves.
Full-range sound - Most computer speakers have to make do with just one drive unit to handle the full spectrum of frequencies. Not so with the MM-1. Just like a full-size speaker, it has two drivers, one dedicated to bass and midrange frequencies and another for the treble. So there's a reason why MM-1 reproduces sound with the accuracy of a true hi-fi speaker: that's exactly what it is.
Near-files monitors - All hi-fi set ups have a sweet spot - the area in the listening space where music sounds at its best. With full size hi-fi , that area is usually some distance away from the speakers. So we've made some electronic adjustments to the MM-1 to make sure the sweet spot is where you are: a few feet from the computer screen. You'll always be right in the middle of the action.
Digital Sound Processing - There's an art to producing a big sound from small speakers. And we've mastered it, thanks to a clever piece of electronic fine-tuning called Digital Signal Processing. By adjusting the sound balance depending on the signal, DSP keeps bass effects powerful and music sounding rich and detailed, no matter how loud you play it.
High-quality headphone output - MM-1 makes private listening a pleasure, thanks to its high-quality headphone output. When you plug your headphones directly into the speakers, the audio from your computer is enhanced by high quality DACs used in the MM-1, producing a sound that's a noticeable improvement over the standard PC or Mac headphone output.
USB audio streaming - Computer speakers normally have to rely on the wildly varying quality of the computer's analogue output signal. MM-1 is different. It streams audio directly from your computer via USB and converts the signal from digital to analogue internally. So you'll always get the best possible audio quality, independent of the computer output.
Nautilus tube-loaded tweeter - Some of our most pioneering technology has found its way into the MM-1. The tweeters, for example, incorporate the tube-loaded design we first developed for our famous Nautilus speakers, which dampens resonance and produces purer high frequency sounds. You'll find the same technology in our studio-standard speakers, used by the likes of Abbey Road Studios.
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Hi-Fi on your desktop
True Hi-Fi speakers for your desktop. From Bowers & Wilkins, British makers of award-winning speakers since 1966, found in the world's best studios, including Abbey Road.
True Hi-Fi computer speakers
MM-1 speakers are not like other computer monitors. Built with attention to detail and craftsmanship, they transform your computer into a Hi-Fi sound system, using technology taken from some of the best-sounding studio speakers in the world.
To match the most stylish of desktop spaces, MM-1 speakers are made from sturdy and dampened ABS, a spun aluminium top plate and finished with brushed steel. They're designed to look almost as good as they sound.
Most computer speakers have just one drive unit to handle all frequencies. Each MM-1 speaker has two drivers: one dedicated to bass and midrange frequencies and another for treble. It sounds like a Hi-Fi speaker, because it is one.
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One might be compelled to buy these based on the reputation of B&W, but be warned, an additional "nautilus" tube loaded tweeter and a woofer certainly does NOT make these sound any better than my (Bluetooth!) Bose SoundLink Mini. I was expected a glorious hi-fi sound from these speakers as soon as I set them up, but was underwhelmed with a narrow soundstage, lack of ANY high end detail and horrible, flabby, lifeless bass.
I was so upset with these speakers that I returned them almost immediately after I listened to them for a few hours.
I have a Creative X-Fi card, so tried both the USB (Digital) connection, verses using the aux input from the X-Fi soundcard, the result was that the digital input (using the MM1s D to A Converter) was significantly better.
So the added bonus is I can also sell my soundcard to cover the cost!
Overall so pleased, Easily 5 stars and well worth the money.
Volume is plenty - more than enough to fill my office and little signs of distortion when forced to levels which shake the desk - not practical to use at this volume, but worth trying once to see for any signs of potential 'give'.
No drivers are needed on OS 10.9.4 - simply plug into a free USB port and you get the option in the sound panel to output sound via the MM1. simple as that. The little battery powered remote is invaluable too - you can leave it near the keyboard and turn the speakers off and on and volume up and down. Again this is flawless with OSX.
Sound quality is very clear. They might be a little 'bass light' for some people, but I still find the overall balance is warm, yet detailed. The bass is also nicely focused, rather than booming uncomfortably when pushed too high.
Expensive, but recommended.
Well, I'm afraid they can. These are B&W's answer for people who want PC speakers that sound musical, rather than the usual shrill treble and artificially-enhanced thudding subwoofer bass. These are not for gaming, or for watching movies (although I'd imagine they'd be just as good for those activities) - they are for listening to music. If you are a hi-fi buff who despairs of the sound of typical PC speakers, these are for you.
They are active speakers in the hi-fi sense of the word - one amplifier for each bass and treble driver, with a DSP crossover. (This is expensive technology such as is found on serious hi-fi speakers.) They can be connected via USB to a PC or Mac, thus bypassing the soundcard in the PC, but I am using mine with the line out of a Sonos music streamer, playing lossless rips from my CDs. The highest praise I can give them is that I have just sat here for the evening playing album after album as I worked at my PC, and not once did I feel there was anything lacking in the sound. Every PC speaker I have heard has annoyed me - either there's too much hum and hiss, or the treble is too shrill, or the bass has only one note and doesn't integrate, or there is no stereo image and the sound is a mess. But with the MM-1s, I just sat and enjoyed the music.
They are designed as near-field monitors - don't expect them to fill a room with sound. They seem to perform best about 2 feet apart, with the listener sitting about the same distance away. They don't produce ear-splitting volume, but the sound is natural and effortless, with well-separated instruments and vocals, a smooth treble (after they have run in for an hour or two) and a firm, musical bass. The bass doesn't get as low as on full-size hi-fi speakers, but what there is integrates well with the rest of the music.
Don't think of these as an overpriced set of PC speakers - to do so does them a disservice. These are a hi-fi that you sit close to, and in that role, I've not heard anything to match them.
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